About the Book
BIRDS OF AMERICA investigates the idea of sighting (and consequently the gaze), as it can pertain to the problematic location of queer identities in contemporary culture. BIRDS OF AMERICA is based on the 100 plates in the first volume of the similarly titled print portfolio by John James Audubon. The project will also incorporate text posts from the online site Craig’s List which describe missed connections between gay men in cities across the United States.
BIRDS OF AMERICA seeks to conceptually and visually resolve two sets of artifacts in order to surface the dialectic shifts between the watcher and the watched.
Formally trained as a printmaker, Joel Seah received his Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Until he relocated permanently to Royal Oak | Michigan this year to become the primary healthcare provider for his boyfriend, Seah maintained a tenure-track position in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Southern Maine | Portland, where he was named as the Outstanding Emerging Teacher | Scholar for 2008. Upon his resignation, Seah started GreenBambooStudios - a graphic design business exploring ventures in commercial visual communication - as a means to support a now independently funded fine arts studio practice. In spite of having exhibited both internationally and nationally, as well as holding numerous visiting artist and artist-in-residence positions, Seah’s proudest accomplishment to date has been holding on to the same boyfriend for the past five years and counting.